Welcome to the updated website of Thunder Bay - Rainy River Conservatives. Since 2015 our local association has been quietly maintaining itself. During 2018 in anticipation of an election in 2019 we have been re-building and increasing our presence in the community.
This website is just one of those efforts, with a new look and new information. It will be updated as needs arise.
What is conservatism? It is cherished values, respect for our traditions and for standards that have an enduring scope. Conservatism places a lot of value on families, on respect for the rule of law, care for the broad needs of society, fiscal responsibility, and trade in a form that benefits the people, the workers, and the economy. Conservatism founded and built Canada.
Sir John A. Macdonald, the founder of federal Conservatism in Canada, was the driving force to create Canada. In recent times he has been much maligned over certain actions and decisions taken out of context with the issues and challenges faced at the time. Without Macdonald, though, Canada would not have been formed. He really had a brilliant insight as to what could be achieved. He saw that the threat of destruction of Canada from the republic to the south was a common threat to the English speakers, to the French community and to the native communities. If one reads the records of the House of Commons (Hansard), the collection of Macdonald’s correspondence, and his biography by Sir Joseph Pope who served as his personal secretary, one has a whole world of understanding opened up as to the great dynamism and foresight of our first Prime Minister. He worked hard to bring people together, and with the aid of Georges Étienne Cartier worked for the protection of the French society in Canada. Canada from sea to sea.
The bridges formed between people by Macdonald brought him much more regard than criticism, and his efforts served as an inspiration to others.
Today we need to have a vision for Canada that mirrors Macdonald’s.
We need to be unashamed of the vast majority of our historical traditions and values. We need to protect these assets while moving forward on advancement of the best choices for Canadians. Among these goals is to ensure that the integrity of our nation is not compromised by decisions made over the border or in international arrangements. Like Macdonald we need to have the tough discussions always with an eye of foresight, and with a deep loyalty and commitment to our own country.
If you have had previous membership in the Conservative Party of Canada then you are invited to re-join or renew your membership. If you would like to give us a try, then follow the links on the website to join the Party, and to donate to our local association. As always, but especially in 2019, an election year, we need workers. No effort is too small to be appreciated.
Thank you in advance for your interest and involvement.
Tom Baxter, President